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First, a fandom thing:

I wrote a story for seasonal_spuffy's "Road Trip" round called We Will Drive Through the Fire. If you want to know anything about my experiences with the California wildfires last month, that will give you an idea.

We were lucky, and only had to flee the terrible air quality. Code purple. Did you even know there was a code purple, to indicate air that is worse than Code Red Dangerous? Neither did any of us. Taking a little road trip is not the same as being evacuated for 10 straight days, as happened to BFFC. Thinking that it would be the standard sort of evacuation — in which you come back the next day to a perfectly fine house — they left their cats at home. When she realized that they wouldn't be let back in for a long, undefined time, BF became frantic. She made arrangements to go in by boat, but when she showed up with the requested fire-fighting gear, they explained that she'd have to swim in the last few yards. Not a happening scenario for my friend or her heart-patient husband. However, a friend of the family, a surfer, volunteered to swim in and then hike to the house — which they knew from drone footage was undamaged — and he camped out with the cats for 5 days. The cats were entirely unfazed when the family got back, of course. Another family friend lost her house in Paradise, but wasn't there. I say again: we were lucky.

In good news — I was off nursing my Dear Old Ma post-surgery (she's doing great!), when McDiva got a grand plan together to go to Japan for six weeks. She and her sweet GF had the most wonderful time, and can't wait to go back. In fact, they are so determined to go back and stay awhile that they are even considering attending university there. This is a great relief to me, and I am constantly trying not to show too much enthusiasm. Pros: college! Finally! Tuition prices there are often lower than in the USA, even at the very good schools. Word is that Japan is desperately seeking international students, so that seems positive. I might get to visit at some point! Cons: It's far, far away. She has to actually research and apply. I don't want to get involved in that process, having been burned before. Then, if there are problems once she's there, I will not be able to do much. Maybe that's a good thing. She managed for six weeks, after all. I worry about her emotional fragility. I can never decide if she's fragile because of my involvement, or if I'm involved because she's fragile. *sigh*

Before they left, we went to Season 3 of the Buffy drag show. Excellent new addition was the gal who played Mr. Trick and Wesley Wyndham-Pryce. She did her own amazing stunts and sang a little opera, too. Marvelous. We've also seen the Marnie opera (simulcast from the NY Met), and been to see a few live music things, including Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce. I'm almost through Killing Eve and starting the new Mrs. Maisel. Culture continues to be fun. The mid-term elections added the slightest bit of shine to my world, fingers crossed.

In the plans never go how you think department, MiAmor has retired! That part was planned. The other part of the plan was to move to Portland after a three month sojourn in Europe this spring. The Portland plan is still on, but the EU trip is off because our 13-year-old granddaughter moved in with us in October. We are glad to have her — not least because she is watching Buffy with us for the first time — but it does rather mean sticking to the school calendar more than I'd like. It's unlikely that she'll be able to get a passport, for Reasons, so hauling her along, school be damned, isn't likely to happen either. Oh well. We might do a shorter trip to the UK, just MiAmor and I, or we might do the whole thing at a later date.

Work is in a tiny lull, which is why I've finally got a moment to post. Unfortunately, I upgraded my operating system in a mad fit of optimism, and have spent nearly two weeks in talks with various tech support personnel. Never again. (I always say that.)

Finally, another fandom thing: I've been helping hello_spikey post her work at AO3, and while there's still lots to go — that gal is pro-lific — there are 100 stories up now. Gosh. That's a lot of delicious vampire pr0n. Yum.

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( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 14th, 2018 12:41 pm (UTC)
Wow - you have a lot going on! I didn't know there was a Buffy drag show.
Dec. 15th, 2018 01:02 am (UTC)
We do have a few things going on. Heh.

The Buffy drag show has been loads of fun. They do a new season every October. The director is a local treasure, and came late to Buffy fandom, but now he's all in! They have a cabaret that does various things: drag Star Trek, drag AbFab, drag Golden Girls, etc., and some "original" material. That's just a small sliver of what's happening, but the Buffy stuff does dovetail precisely with my interests!
Dec. 14th, 2018 04:07 pm (UTC)
There's a Buffy drag show?!
That's amazing.

Glad to hear you are helping out hello_spikey. I noticed her fics were going up on AO3 the other day and I got excited.
Dec. 15th, 2018 01:03 am (UTC)
It's still all about the Buffy, for me. The rich loam of fandom suits me fine.
Dec. 14th, 2018 11:37 pm (UTC)
Hi lovely - very glad that despite the code purple and horrors you and the family are okay. It sounds buuuusy though.
Dec. 15th, 2018 01:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, the last couple of years have been chock full of work stuff, and none of the other stuff has eased up the least bit. It's weird being back in the thick of someone else's school life. I'm attempting to be less involved, but I have to fight my nature. I'm just glad for the little work respite, so I can do more fun fandom things, and reconnect with my online people!
Dec. 15th, 2018 06:57 am (UTC)
Glad you were one of the lucky ones :\
Dec. 16th, 2018 12:57 am (UTC)
I wish there had been a lot more lucky ones.
Dec. 15th, 2018 10:57 pm (UTC)
A Buffy drag show?! Now I need to research if we have one here in Kansas City. it sounds like a must see.

I loathe the aftermath of upgrades. I am a luddite willing to live in the past rather than talk to strangers about why shit that used to work doesn't work at all with a supposedly shiny new OS.
Dec. 16th, 2018 12:59 am (UTC)
I'm just surprised that it took so long for us to get a "serious" drag Buffy here in SF. It only started in 2016!

I don't mind arguing with tech support people, but they do not seem interested in really fixing the problem this time around, so I am annoyed.
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